Sioux Lookout residents will be demanding justice for Colten Boushie today.
Between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Front Street will be blocked off from Fourth Avenue to Fifth Avenue as residents march to show their support of the Boushie family. Friday's verdict in connection with the death of the First Nations youth sparked rallies across the nation. Attendees are encouraged to bring banners and posters to show their support.
Roughly 70 people gathered outside of the Kenora Courthouse on Monday in Kenora, as they marched downtown to the office of Kenora MP Bob Nault.
Treaty #3 Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh's offered his comments on the case.
“While much can be said about the outcome and handling of this case, Canadians cannot ignore the systemic racism involved. This jury composition supports the numerous documented reports of racism within Canada’s justice system,” he said in his prepared statement.
The grand chief noted Stanley’s defence used peremptory challenges to eliminate any potential jurors, who were visibly Indigenous. In Canadian law, lawyers in the jury selection process are allowed a limited number of potential jurors, without stating a reason.
“The result is an erroneous Canadian justice system that excludes Indigenous peoples from the jury selection process. It is discriminatory to Indigenous peoples,” the grand chief added.
Lac Seul First Nation Chief Clifford Bull will speak at the event in Sioux Lookout.